[HOW TO] Make Honeycombs browser load Desktop Sites

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Here are the steps to make Honeycomb's browser load the Desktop version of sites rather then the mobile one.

1. Open the Android Honeycomb browser on your tablet.

2. In the address bar, type: about:debug and press enter.

3. Now open the browser's settings by tapping the icon in the very top-right corner of your screen (it looks like four horizontal lines) and selecting "Settings" from the drop-down menu that appears.

4. On the left side of the screen, tap the section labeled "Debug."

5. On the right side of the screen, tap the item labeled "UAString," then select "Desktop."

6. Press the back button (in the very bottom-left corner of your screen) to exit the browser's settings.

7. In the browser's address bar, type: about:debug once more; this will disable debugging mode and return the browser to its normal state. [Optional] If you do this step you will need to redo this step every time to enable Desktop Browsing.

8. Do these one-time actions to create a shortcut to "about:debug" after completing through step 5 above:
A. Open Bookmarks and choose Add Bookmark
B. Edit the properties of the bookmark to set Label to "about:debug", Address to "about:debug", and leave Add To as "Bookmarks" so it's at the top level.

9: To quickly toggle desktop mode on and off in the future:
A. Go to Bookmarks and select "about:debug". This doesn't enable the mode, but puts it in your address bar.
B. Touch the address bar to give it focus, and press ENTER or tap the GO icon. This will turn Debug Mode on or off depending on its last state, and if you previously enabled desktop mode... toggles that as well.

Note 1: Verify your mode by tapping the Settings icon. If you see "Dumping navigation cache" and "Dump V8 counters", then Debug mode is enabled.
Note 2: You do not have to drill down and change desktop settings each time you toggle debug mode - all of your debug settings from your last session are rememberd.
 
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+1 This is one of the best tips.

It also allows you to edit all google docs. Before (while showing only mobile sites), it would show some documents with bad formatting, and wouldn't allow me to edit very many at all. NOW, I can edit them all and they look beautiful.
 

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maybe we should petition Google to give us a browser like the real Chrome not some some thing that needs a band aid that still will not work on all sights. Ive stooped blaming xoom this a honeycomb issue.
 
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Here are the steps to make Honeycomb's browser load the Desktop version of sites rather then the mobile one.

1. Open the Android Honeycomb browser on your tablet.

2. In the address bar, type: about:debug and press enter.

3. Now open the browser's settings by tapping the icon in the very top-right corner of your screen (it looks like four horizontal lines) and selecting "Settings" from the drop-down menu that appears.

4. On the left side of the screen, tap the section labeled "Debug."

5. On the right side of the screen, tap the item labeled "UAString," then select "Desktop."

6. Press the back button (in the very bottom-left corner of your screen) to exit the browser's settings.

7. In the browser's address bar, type: about:debug once more; this will disable debugging mode and return the browser to its normal state. [Optional] If you do this step you will need to redo this step every time to enable Desktop Browsing.
Here's a tip for quickly enabling desktop mode in the future, if you wish to add it to the first post:

8. Do these one-time actions to create a shortcut to "about:debug" after completing through step 5 above:
A. Open Bookmarks and choose Add Bookmark
B. Edit the properties of the bookmark to set Label to "about:debug", Address to "about:debug", and leave Add To as "Bookmarks" so it's at the top level.

9: To quickly toggle desktop mode on and off in the future:
A. Go to Bookmarks and select "about:debug". This doesn't enable the mode, but puts it in your address bar.
B. Touch the address bar to give it focus, and press ENTER or tap the GO icon. This will turn Debug Mode on or off depending on its last state, and if you previously enabled desktop mode... toggles that as well. :)

Note 1: Verify your mode by tapping the Settings icon. If you see "Dumping navigation cache" and "Dump V8 counters", then Debug mode is enabled.
Note 2: You do not have to drill down and change desktop settings each time you toggle debug mode - all of your debug settings from your last session are rememberd.
 

bigguy_132

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I have updated the first topic thanks!

Here's a tip for quickly enabling desktop mode in the future, if you wish to add it to the first post:

8. Do these one-time actions to create a shortcut to "about:debug" after completing through step 5 above:
A. Open Bookmarks and choose Add Bookmark
B. Edit the properties of the bookmark to set Label to "about:debug", Address to "about:debug", and leave Add To as "Bookmarks" so it's at the top level.

9: To quickly toggle desktop mode on and off in the future:
A. Go to Bookmarks and select "about:debug". This doesn't enable the mode, but puts it in your address bar.
B. Touch the address bar to give it focus, and press ENTER or tap the GO icon. This will turn Debug Mode on or off depending on its last state, and if you previously enabled desktop mode... toggles that as well. :)

Note 1: Verify your mode by tapping the Settings icon. If you see "Dumping navigation cache" and "Dump V8 counters", then Debug mode is enabled.
Note 2: You do not have to drill down and change desktop settings each time you toggle debug mode - all of your debug settings from your last session are rememberd.
 

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I found "desktop" caused hesitations in scrolling and page loading. Selecting "I pad" made everything run smooth again.

Not sure what's happining but that's my experience .......:)
 

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